2014 Recipients~

January – YMCA of Lenawee County

The YMCA of Lenawee County has been serving the community for over 120 years.  They have a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of responsibility.  The YMCA of Lenawee County has a fitness center, indoor swimming pool with youth and adult aquatics programs, free land and water exercise programs and state licensed childcare.  The will use their Hometown Hope grant to promote their family friendly programs and new membership.  Their goal is to increase awareness for the Y, and spread their message to inspire people to make positive changes in their lives and their communities.   

February – Lenawee United Way 211
In February of 2009, Lenawee United Way launched 211 services.  211 provides callers with information and referrals on how to obtain assistance from local and national social service programs, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.  211 offers information on a broad range of services, including rent assistance, food banks, affordable housing, health resources, utility assistance, child care, after school programs, elder care, financial literacy and job training programs.  The Lenawee United Way will use this program to increase awareness of 211 and how it connects people with services and volunteer opportunities.   

March – Damascus Road
Damascus Road has been helping the homeless and those dealing with incarceration for over 8 years.  They help those in need with clothes, furniture, food, housing, jobs and Christian guidance.  They serve hundreds of people each year, including approximately 20 people daily in their warming shelter.  They will use their Hometown Hope grant to increase awareness of volunteer opportunities, up-coming fund raising events and to inform the community exactly what it is they do and how great the community need for their services is.   

April – Hospice of Lenawee

Hospice of Lenawee provides compassionate, patent and family centered care to people of our community during and after the last season of life. In 2012 Hospice of Lenawee opened the Hospice Home; a facility offering residential care. It was a $5 million dollar project much needed by the community. Hospice will use the grant to educate the community on what Hospice means and to address misconceptions about Hospice. They also hope to promote their bereavement services available to anyone in the community.

May – Lenawee Great Start

The Lenawee Great Start Parent Coalition is a subgroup of the Great Start Collaborative.  Together they are working to connect local early childhood resources, programs and support services into an easily accessible comprehensive system that will boost children’s development so they can start school ready to succeed.  They currently operate in 9 of the 11 school districts in Lenawee County and three community pre-school programs.  They will use their grant to promote three events; A day in the life of a Kindergartner workshop, which lets parents know what their future kindergartner needs and what is expected of future students; their annual diaper drive, collecting over 8,000 diapers for Lenawee County families and StarPower at the state capital, bringing together families and community members to support the efforts of Great Start.  

June – The Daily Bread
The Daily Bread has been providing meals to the hungry and homeless in Lenawee County since 2001.  The homeless, elderly, needy, low income individuals, veterans, and unemployed are all welcome with the same openness and respect.  In 2013 they provided over 18,000 hot meals which they serve 5 days a week and nearly 20,000 pantry meals which are available 3 days a week to those in need in our community.  They plan to use their grant to increase awareness of hunger and of the need for food assistance in Lenawee County. 

July- Lenawee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
In 1970, The Lenawee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association was established by a group of local foster parents.  Their mission;  We are committed to the retention and empowerment of families to successfully parent all children placed in their care by providing training, advocacy, legislation and support groups.  They will use their Hometown Hope grant to inform the community of their local support group for foster and adoptive families, and to provide information to new families interested in becoming licensed foster or adoptive parents. 

August - Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter                                  The Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter services those who reside in a 23 county region in Michigan, including Lenawee County.  There are 180,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Michigan with 2000 of those in Lenawee County.  The chapter offers community programs and services designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer’s, family members, care partners, care givers and the public at large.  They plan to use their grant to increase awareness of the disease, and services that those dealing with the Alzheimer’s can access.  They will also promote educational programs and their Walk to End Alzheimer’s, scheduled for September of 2014.   

September – Tecumseh Lions Club
The Tecumseh Lions Club was chartered on January 8th, 2011 and they have been busy.  They have been involved in many activities including; planting over 200 treas in the area, collecting school supplies for children, distributing Easter food baskets, purchasing equipment for the districts Kids Sight program, providing an application process for low income folks to get eye exams, and much more.  They plan to use their grant to build membership in their club and to increase awareness of what they do in the community.  The will also be publicizing how they can help citizens with the services they provide.  

October – Family Counseling and Children’s Services
FCCS overseas many programs in the community, including individual, marital, family and group counseling, the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, the Domestic Violence Alternative Program, Parent Education Program, and a state-licensed Foster Care and Adoption Program. Counseling services are provided to nearly 100 families and individuals each week. The domestic violence program has served over 500 families in 2013. 88 foster children were placed, and 29 children found permanency and love in adoption. With the Hometown Hope Grant FCCS hopes to increase awareness of their services, build a larger network of foster care homes, and inspire work on domestic violence by garnering people and resources to help make positive changes. FCCS has been in operation in Lenawee County since 1961.

November – Hudson Foundation

The Hudson Foundation has been serving the Hudson community since 2010.  Their sole purpose is to assist Hudson in helping itself.  Residents can give to community based projects through the foundation…some of those projects include; the City recreation program, hat and mitten drive for youth, the Kiwanis Christmas food basket program, Christmas adopt a family program, the Hudson Education Foundations scholarship and mini grant program and the Hudson Library.  The foundation does not charge any administrative fees, all funds collected go directly to programs.  The foundation will use their grant to increase awareness of the foundation and the ways people can donate.  Also to increase awareness of the programs it’s serves.   

December – The Salvation Army of Lenawee                                                           The Salvation Army came to Lenawee County in 1896.  In 1929, they moved into their present location on Church Street in Adrian.  Every year, among other services, the Salvation Army provides over 20,000 meals and grocery orders to people who are food insecure.  They also meet the demand for other assistance, such as shelter, clothing and children’s camps.  Many people know the Salvation Army for their canteen services in times of emergency, but they are much more.  In the last 12 month period, they served 6,868 individuals and families.  Their concept is to provide a hand up, rather than a hand out, with the ultimate goal self sufficiency.  The plan to use their grant to inform the public about all the services they provide.

 

2013 Recipients~

January – South Central Michigan Works
South Central Michigan works has been serving Lenawee County for over 16 years.  Their mission is to get the Lenawee County Community and its businesses back to economic prosperity.  They served over 1500 people in the Lenawee County area in 2011. They will use the Hometown Hope Grant to increase awareness of services to individuals and businesses in Lenawee County; serving people in finding employment and businesses in finding skilled workers. 

February - LEAHC
For 22 years, LEAHC, or the Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation has been providing homeless prevention activities to Lenawee County.  Their mission is to advance housing stability and affordable opportunities for low-income people and those in crisis or at risk.  Over the last year they have provided services to 1, 872 individuals.  Their goal with the Hometown Hope Grant is to increase awareness of their programs and services and promote their name change to give the community a better understanding of what they do. 

March – Communities in Schools of the Tecumseh Area
CISTA provides programs and services that focus on a wide range of needs, including; academic assistance, social behavior, organization skills, study skills, health and fitness, basic needs and career and college exploration.  They bring together programs and services that work with classrooms on a “whole school” level.   Their goal with the Hometown Hope Grant is to improve awareness of what they do and promote their major fund raising event the “Taste” to improve revenue generated from that event. 

April – Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County
Habitat’s vision is “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”.  Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County has constructed over 35 new homes, rehabbed 5 homes, and rededicated 11 homes to new homeowners.  They also operate the Re-Store, where donated building materials and household goods are sold to fund their mission.  They would use the Hometown Hope Grant to recognize the dedication of two housing projects coming to conclusion and to promote two fund raising events for the Re-Store.  Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee was established in 1989. 

May – Family Counseling and Children’s Services
FCCS oversees many programs in the community, including individual, marital, family and group counseling, the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, the Domestic Violence Alternative Program, Parent Education Program, and a state-licensed Foster Care and Adoption Program.  Counseling services are provided to nearly 100 families and individuals each week.  The domestic violence program has served over 337 women and 113 children in 2012.  88 foster children were placed, and 29 children found permanency and love in adoption.  With the Hometown Hope Grant FCCS hopes to increase awareness of their services, build a larger network of foster care homes, and inspire work on domestic violence by garnering people and resources to help make positive changes.  FCCS has been in operation in Lenawee County since 1961. 

June – Lenawee District Library
The Lenawee District Library has been in existence since 1935.  The library serves the citizens of the county by providing materials for lending, programming and technical assistance.  They serve six locations around the county.  Through the Hometown Hope Grant they hope to build awareness for their services, locations, the bookmobile and summer reading clubs.

July- Lenawee County Mission
The Lenawee County Mission began serving the male homeless population in Lenawee County in 2006.  They offer a Fresh Start and Life Change program and have since added the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry serving 15,000 individuals with over 275,000 pounds of food, and Blessings and More, a resale store that not only raises funds for their mission, but also provides educational, vocational and employment opportunities for the men in their program.  The LCM will use the grant to increase volunteerism in the organization as well as to form partnerships and explore expansion opportunities to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless and addicted. 

August – Hospice of Lenawee-Hospice of Lenawee provides compassionate, patent and family centered care to people of our community during and after the last season of life.  In 2012 Hospice of Lenawee opened the Hospice Home; a facility offering residential care.  It was a $5 million dollar project much needed by the community.   Hospice will use the grant to educate the community on what Hospice means and to address misconceptions about Hospice.  They also hope to promote their bereavement services available to anyone in the community. 

September – Lenawee United Way Annual Campaign
Lenawee United Way is a non-profit community impact organization seeking to improve lives by mobilizing the community to create lasting changes in local conditions.  1 in 3 people in Lenawee County are served by programs funded through the Lenawee United Way Campaign.  They also provide the services of 2-1-1 and engage over 450 volunteers annually in the campaign and in the annual Day of Action.  The LUW will use the Hometown Hope Grant to  kick off and promote their annual campaign.   

October - Homeless Education Program
This program is in it’s 11th year of operation in the Lenawee County Public Schools.  The program works with homeless students and families to ensure enrollment, transportation, and success in school, even while the family is homeless and may be moving multiple times.  In the 2011-2012 school year, Homeless Education served 671 homeless students in Lenawee County.  The Hometown Hope Grant will be used to develop awareness and sensitivity to the true issues of homelessness.  The grant will also be used to promote their annual fundraising/awareness raising event, PajamaRama. 

November – Communities in Schools of Lenawee
CISL has been in Lenawee County for 15 years.  They are committed to surrounding students with community support to keep them in school.  They position coordinators in partnering schools to address student needs and bring in needed community resources.  Several of their county wide initiatives include; Anti-Bullying Task Force, Lenawee Urban Exchange, Lunch Buddies and Mentors, Parent Workshops, Voices for Change and Youth Assets Development.  They will use the grant to share their work with the community, to increase volunteers in their organization, to promote their Parent Workshop Series and to promote their  On-Site Open House. 

December – Region 2 Area Agency on Aging
Region 2 Area Agency on Aging provides services to older adults and persons with disabilities to help them stay in their homes and in their communities.  They serve Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson Counties.  R2AAA was created in 1974 under the auspices of the City of Adrian.  They will use the marketing grant to highlight their services, including; Medication Reconciliation Management Program, Building Training…Building Quality, Nursing Facility Transition Program, Michigan Medicaid Waiver Program, Senior Community Services Employment Program, and the Care Management Program.